Super Mario Galaxy 2 is expected to trump the success of all previous Mario titles.
The game was first announced at E3 last year but it is only in recent months that demand has begun to rise as details on Galaxy 2 emerge – and Nintendo believes this momentum will only grow.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be released for Wii on June 11th. It has already received a perfect 10 in Edge magazine.
We hope this will be one of the biggest Mario launches in the UK to date,” said Nintendo's marketing manager Robert Lowe.
Mario Kart Wii is the current record holder, and the buzz around Galaxy 2 is even bigger than it was around Mario Kart.”
Mario's outings have always been popular in the UK, with the DS and Wii editions of Mario Kart established as chart regulars since their release in 2005 and 2008 respectively.
The plumber's latest release, New Super Mario Bros Wii, has already sold 14.7 million copies worldwide since hitting shelves last November, and Nintendo hopes that the surge of new Mario fans will help Galaxy 2 surpass the performance of its 2007 predecessor.
Lowe added: Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a very different type of game – but we think the gaming public will be astounded at how the EAD team has managed to improve on a virtually flawless predecessor,” said Lowe.
We also hope those who entered the world of Mario with New Super Mario Bros Wii will make the next step onto Super Mario Galaxy 2 and find it as amazing, astounding and beautiful as we have.”